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What to Teach and When

Many parents want to know what their homeschooled children should be studying, at what age they should be introduced to specific concepts and content, and how much time they should be spending each day learning it.  Whether you want to keep up with public schools, want to make sure your high schooler is prepared for college, or just want peace of mind that your child is getting a well-rounded home education, knowing what to teach and when can help you plan your homeschool curriculum.  Take a look at these books (click to learn more on Amazon) and resources designed help you in your curriculum planning:

Home Learning Year by YearHome Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School (by Rebecca Rupp) presents a structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school.  This book is based on the traditional pre-K through 12th-grade structure.

Core Knowledge SeriesCore Knowledge Series (by The Core Knowledge Foundation) has been created specifically for parents. In one convenient volume per grade, from What Your Preschooler Needs to Know through What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know, this eight-volume series provides parents, teachers, and children with an engaging, illustrated introduction to the important knowledge outlined in the Core Knowledge Sequence.

Free Teacher Guides, Downloads & Forms from The Core Knowledge Foundation.  Includes the Core Knowledge Sequence and Core Classics Teacher Guides

Typical Course of Study from World Book.com.  The results of ongoing research into curriculum requirements and standards. The learning levels include preschool through grade 12. The typical course of study reflects general curriculum requirements across North America. The information is categorized by grade level and general skill type or discipline.

Grade-by-Grade Guide from Scholastic.com.  Browse by grade from Preschool through Middle School

Daily Homeschool Schedules submitted by homeschoolers on About.com.

 Make a Homeschool Schedule by Homeschooling-Ideas.com.  Lots of information and Sample Homeschool Schedules.

You can also find Common Core State Standards on your state's Department of Education website.  Each state publishes these, oftentimes labeled differently such as Curriculum, Standards, Assessment, and any combination thereof.  (Having trouble finding yours?  Let us know and we'll get you there.) You can usually find links to free resources, too!

One of the many advantages to homeschooling is that, unlike public school students, your child does not have to learn any certain thing at any given time (except maybe the high school years).  Your child can move forward or go back and review concepts not yet understood based on his or her academic ability.  And the covering of these core subjects can be accomplished through any combination of homeschooling methods, in addition to field trips, park days, and group activities.

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